My husband and I were in the Palm Springs area because we had tickets to one of the concerts at Coachella. We decided to make it a long weekend to relax, get away from it all, visit some art galleries, eat at some nice restaurants and do a little shopping. I looked for a place to stay in Palm Springs first, but the hotels were so expensive, were crowded and just didn't seem like they would be relaxing enough. Normally, we love hanging out where there's a lot going on, but this trip, we just wanted to chill and spend some quality time with each other.
I found the Nurturing Nest during my searches on TripAdvisor, and it was second on my list. (There weren't really too many reviews on TripAdvisor, so I didn't have much to go on.) I first looked at the Sagewater Spa, and it was more expensive and they didn't have a room with a king-sized bed available for the dates we needed. I called the Nurturing Nest and spoke with Jason, which is what initially sold me on the place. Jason was so nice. Just really, really nice. I figured it would be worth a shot, and I'm so glad that we stayed here.
The retreat...which is the perfect description of this place...is a small, 7-room, sheltered space half-way up the foothills in Desert Hot Springs. The place is owned by Ramesh Gune and his wife, and Jason is the on-site manager. Jason is a transplant from Kansas and is such a nice, mellow person. He really made us feel welcome. When we arrived, he showed us around, explained everything, and then was friendly whenever we met him on the property. Plus, he gave us a free upgrade to room #7, which is like a big "studio plus" apartment, with a nice couch, king bed, armoire, bathroom and kitchen with a bistro table for two and all the dishes you'd need to cook for yourself. And Ramesh was very warm. He showed us each of the rooms that were empty when we were checking out -- all of them are really big! -- and just chatted with us for a while. They also didn't mind when we asked for a late checkout!
They have spent the last few years upgrading the facilities, and each room is now decorated in very clean, minimalistic fashion - imagine tasteful (not cheap) IKEA and upscale Eurovas furniture, with Asian-style accents. The decor in each room is warm and inviting without being obtrusive. The pictures of the property don't do the place justice. It's really nice - inviting without having to be high-design or pretentious - and we have stayed at super fancy places like the Ritz-Carlton and the Fairmonts before, so when I say we were comfortable and pleased, I mean it. Most of the rooms have kitchens, and two rooms have patios (#7 & #1). As I said, we stayed in #7 and it was beautiful.
None of the rooms have TVs or phones, although there is free high-speed wireless internet, which worked great. Cell phone reception was no problem. But that's kind of the point...you want to disconnect! There is a yoga / meditation room that doubles as a treatment room, and if you want to book any massages or services, Jason will help you with that. When it's not used, you can sit in there and utilize their small library. Outside there is a pool with water kept at around 90 degrees and lots of seating and a futon to hang out on. But the crowning glory of this place, other than the people, is the indoor, mineral hot spring pool. It's huge, is open 24 hours a day, and has the most luxurious water. We spent so much time just soaking in it. Jason provides towels in the hot springs area, and a light breakfast of tea, coffee, granola, yogurt and fruit is served every morning from 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. each morning there. There are so few people at the retreat that we mostly had the mineral pool to ourselves. And it's truly a luxury to be able to go in at any time of day or night. Housekeeping services are by request only, and we didn't ask for them, but Jason would be the person to help if you needed something like that.
There aren't any resort fees or extra costs. We paid for the room and since we didn't get any treatments, that was it.
The retreat is about 20 minutes drive down Palm Dr. directly into the heart of Palm Springs, so you don't have to get on the freeway and you're not too isolated, even though it feels like you're in the boonies. (Desert Hot Springs doesn't really offer anything to do...it's not like Joshua Tree or Palm Springs, so don't expect to spend time there.) I will say one thing about Desert Hot Springs...and that is that it is SUPER WINDY when the high desert winds blow. Don't be surprised...the gusts are truly strong!
We definitely want to go back and enjoy the retreat again. It's now on our list of places to go to get away from LA!
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